Friday, November 4, 2011

START NOW: Write-A-Thon


Ready? It's time to get this party started!


Here's a repeat of the rules-and-or-processes for tonight's write-a-thon:

1-Enter your starting time and starting word count in the comment section of this blog. Contest is open from 4:00 pm Friday, November 4 (MST) to Midnight (we'll accept word count submission in the comments until 12:15 am, November 5th.)

3-Write for four hours--set a timer if you need to! (You can take breaks, but track your time!)

4-When finished, come back to this blog and put your end time, end word count, and total words written in those 4 hours in the comment trail.

5-All "end time" posts must be posted by 12:15 a.m., Mountain Daylight Time (we're giving you 15 minutes to tally your numbers). To calculate your times based on where you live, go HERE and educate yourself about time zones.

6-Please be honest. You are your own time/word keeper, and we are trusting that none of our dearly beloved readers would sell their integrity for $50 or 30 pages :-) You must post a start comment AND an end comment to be eligible to win and have your words counted toward the total.

7-The winner--whoever has the most words written in their four hours--will be posted Saturday, November 5th here on the PEG blog. The winner will receive their choice of a $50 gift card to Amazon.com or 30 pages of a content edit from one of the Precision Editing Group editors ($60 value).

Ready, set, go...

62 comments:

Heather B. Moore said...

Okay, I'm kicking it off :-)

(My time will be very sporadic, but won't go over 4 hours total)

Word count start on current manuscript: 72,600

Narratus said...

I'm joining in.

My word count start is 5,541.

Thanks for a great contest concept!

Heather Justesen said...

I'm starting at 28,766 (I thought this posted before!) I'll be taking a break for dinner, but will track my time.

Robin Lythgoe said...

Count me in!

Starting word count is 7608.

Good luck, everyone!

Jewel Allen said...

I'm in!

Word count on a magazine piece: 138
Word count on my NaNo WIP: 6710

See you later! :-)

L. said...

I'm in, I've needed a kick like this. Current count 2914.

Mary Ann said...

I'm in. Starting word count is 8283 on NaNo. Time is 4:25. Not really playing too win--just want to see what I can do. Thanks for the challenge!

Erin G. said...

I'll give it a try. :)

Start Word Count: 3,436

Lu Ann Brobst Staheli said...

Starting at 4:30, but I'll keep track of breaks, etc. and only write 4 total hours. Beginning word count: 6,716.

Ronda Gibb Hinrichsen said...

I'm in the sporadic zone too. My current word count is 5658.

Julie Wright said...

My writing will also be sporadic since I have guests coming for dinner tonight, but I will keep track of time and not go over four hours. Beginning word count: 4906

Heidi said...

I don't actually think I have four hours to spare between now and midnight, but what the heck. I'll give this a try. Starting wordcount on WIP is 28,260

Diana said...

I'm not sure if I can swing four hours before midnight, but I'll definitely do as much as I can after dinner and a movie. My word count right now is 5,386. I'll keep track and make sure I don't go over four hours (though I doubt THAT will be a problem).

Curtis said...

Here I go. My time will be all over the place, but like Heather, won't go over 4 hours total. My current word count is 3553.

Amie Borst said...

i'm going to give it a try...been sick all week with a fever...suppose i'll see what i can get accomplished between coughing fits and nebulizer treatments...starting word count is 635 (yup, that's it)...and i guess i'll start by 730 (believe me, there won't be any problems with me going over 4 hours - doubt i'll be up to doing 2!)

Josi said...

Sign me up:

I'm starting at 0

Elizabeth Hughes said...

Here we go! (My time will be all over the place too, but no more than four hours, naturally :D)

Starting word count: 37,215

magicalbookworm said...

Start time 5:40 pm

5489

Cindy M Hogan author of Watched said...

I have my popcorn, grapes and H20. I'm ready to rock and roll. Current word count 17,022

Raejean said...

I'm starting at 1105 words. I'll get in what time I can, but at least I'm doing something!

JayceHunter said...

Okay, starting off now. 12,577 words currently.

Karen Hoover said...

I started around 6:45, and will also be on and off but will stick to four hours. Starting word count is 26,001.

Taffy said...

I'm in! I started at 424, stopped at 530 for a date.
Starting again right now, 716 and hope to go until 1030 ish.

word count: 0

Shanda :) said...

Starting at 7:35 PM with 4,128 words total. Going to try to work straight through to 11:30, but my back end is already sick of me sitting. :)

Here goes something... :)

Konstanz Silverbow said...

Starting word count is 44,620. Looking forward to midnight! :D

Narratus said...

Well, there it is. Four straight hours, four thousand words. I started with 5,543 and ended 3 minutes ago with 9,541. It feels very bizarre.

Good luck to everyone else!

Narratus said...

Sorry that was 5,541 not 3 as you can see in my earlier post. Silly fingers.

Amie Borst said...

okay. forget it. i'm just way too sick. two nebulizer treatments in 3 hours is never a good sign. i squeaked out a couple hundred words despite that, though. when breathing isn't such a struggle, i'll try again.

Ronda Gibb Hinrichsen said...

Done with four hours. Ending count:; 8305. Total: 2647.

Robin Lythgoe said...

Four hours later, my final count is 3335 words. All in all, a very satisfying word count to add to the day's earlier work!

Robin Lythgoe said...

I think I did that wrong. Too many words! Too much sitting! LOL

Beginning word count: 7608
Ending word count: 10943
Total words written: 3335


Going to go fall over now...

Heather Justesen said...

Done! I'm ending at 37,825. Which makes my total 9,059 words in four hours. Definitely a personal best.

JayceHunter said...

Okay, I give up. 2.5 hours in, I have 16,279, for total written during this time being 3,702. I'm tired and need to relax. But the write-a-thon did get me writing tonight, something I may not otherwise have done, so thanks!

Jenn Wilks said...

I had 4,885 words at 8:00. I'll be back to post my ending wordcount later tonight... :)

magicalbookworm said...

Start was 5489 end was 8265 for a total of 2776 words!

Mary Ann said...

My end time was 9:45 with a 2 hour dinner break (I had to watch Chuck). Anyway, I could only muster 3 hours total with a final word count of 9582= net word count of 1299. Good night all.

Lu Ann Brobst Staheli said...

Okay, 4 hours total, spread out throughout the evening. Even had time for pizza!

Starting word count 6,716
Ending work count 15,007
For a total new word count of 8,291

Looks like Heather J. still beat me, but not bad for an evening's work.

Night everyone!

Taffy said...

Finished a little short of 4 hours but got a lot written. It really helped with a couple of ideas that had been brewing in my brain! THANKS girls!

End count:4282

Raejean said...

I managed 35 minutes and ended with 1645 words, for a total of 540 words tonight.

Josi said...

I'm out. I got off to a great start but then hit the same dang wall I always hit WHERE'S THE STORY! Anyway, I got 5,032 words. I'll probably cut 4,000 of them.

Heather B. Moore said...

Okay, my eyes are going to fall out because my daughter's volleyball tournament went so long. But I did get *some* writing done. Total words written: 2,016

Erin G. said...

Done! :)

Ending Word Count: 8,169

Which brings me to a total of 4,733 words written in 4 hours! Woohoo! Thanks for the fun challenge. :)

Jewel Allen said...

My start count: 138
My end word count:2433

2295 total, with bonus that magazine piece is done.

Thanks guys, that was fun!

Jewel Allen said...

PS to Heather: I was watching my oldest play volleyball, too :-)

Curtis said...

Tired and done. Starting word count: 3,553. Ending word count: 4,657. Total: 1,104. I'm a slow writer.

Curtis said...

Tired and done. Starting word count: 3,553. Ending word count: 4,657. Total: 1,104. I'm a slow writer.

L. said...

Done! Total is now 8806, so I did 5892 words in four hours. This has been extremely helpful!

Konstanz Silverbow said...

I started at 7:50

My starting word count: 44,620

I finished at 11:50

My ending word count: 50,277

for a total of 5,657 words in four hours.

Thanks for doing this Write-a-thon! It has been very helpful!

JaredNGarrett said...

Wrote for 95 minutes. We had family movie night and watched Star Wars Ep 1.

I started with 6995 and am stopping for the night at 9439.

I did 2444 tonight.

But yeah, no victory for me, what with you champion-types kicking my futile attempts into the gutter.

MDYBYU said...

9424 for me in four hours. I'll love being so ahead for NaNoWriMo!

Michael Young

Elizabeth Hughes said...

Starting word count: 37,215

Ending word count: 42,149

Word count total: 4,934

Extremely good for me! I was only expecting 3,000 at most. YAY! :D

Julie Wright said...

my end word count was 8061. My total word count in four hours was 3155. it wasn't what I'd hoped for but with the distractions of dinner guests I guess I should be thrilled it's as many as it is. I'm glad glad glad for this because without it, i doubt I'd have written ANY AT ALL :)

Cindy M Hogan author of Watched said...

Ending word count 23248. That makes 6226 words. Yay for me. Thanks guys. That was fun.

MDYBYU said...

Sorry, I need to include all the info.

I started at 8pm and ended at midnight.

I started at 36476 and ended at 45900 for a total count of 9424.

Thanks, what a great idea!

Diana said...

5,153!
I typed from 8 PM - 12 AM.

Diana said...

Oh! I mean my total ending count is 10,539!

Karen Hoover said...
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Jenn Wilks said...

My ending word count is 8624. That makes 3,739 total. My internet hasn't been working here at the retreat, and it just came back on so hopefully this will go through! :D

Karen Hoover said...

Total ending word count was 32,327 for a total of 6326.

Precision Editing Group said...

We're over 100k so far! Still waiting to hear from Shanda & Heidi. Will post results in the morning, well, it's morning, but going to sleep a little--then make sure it's all tabulated correctly. Great job everyone! Really amazing!

Ronda Gibb Hinrichsen said...

I am totally amazed by how quickly people write. We are awesome! Hope we can keep most of those words. :)

Shanda :) said...

WIP total 6312 which I believe is +2184. Honestly I am so happy with that total. I don't think I've written that much in a day, let alone 3 hours.

Thanks!